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A man who pleaded guilty Friday to drunkenly stabbing a man he knew at the Delavan Super 8 Motel in September was sentenced to 90 days in the Walworth County Jail.

Eduardo Godinez Diaz, 28, already has about three months of time-served credit since he stabbed Juan Lopez-Perez on Sept. 2. His jail sentence does not include work-release privileges.

Lopez-Perez told Delavan police he was talking on the phone with his wife when he felt a knife in his side, according to the criminal complaint.

Police said they initially responded to a report of a man with possible appendicitis. They learned more about what happened after finding Lopez-Perez “moaning and screaming” and on his back with a woman pressing a towel against his side, the complaint states.

Lopez-Perez’s bowel had been cut but was repaired through surgery, according to the complaint.

Lopez-Perez told police he had known Godinez Diaz for 10 years and was not sure why the man stabbed him, the complaint states. They had been joking like friends before the stabbing, Lopez-Perez said.

Godinez Diaz’s blood-alcohol concentration was 0.202, according to the complaint. Police reported finding him either asleep or unconscious in a room at the motel with what looked like blood splatter on his shirt and shorts.

Godinez Diaz’s plea agreement called for a conviction of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, which carries a maximum sentence of 12½ years in prison.

Through a translator, Godinez Diaz asked Judge Kristine Drettwan, who called the plea agreement “fair and reasonable,” if he will be able to stay in the United States.

Court documents indicate Godinez Diaz had been in jail on a cash bond as well as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold after the stabbing.

“It’s not up to me,” Drettwan said.

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